Soup Revisited


16 oz vegetable broth,  2 or 3 carrots-chopped or rough cut, a cup or so of frozen peas, 1 can Italian green beans, 1 can pinto beans, a stalk of celery-chopped, a little spaghetti sauce (about 1/2 cup give or take)–good way to make use of leftover sauce,  a couple of chopped Campari tomatoes, 2 cloves garlic; 1/2 cup or so of onion, salt and pepper, about 1/4 tsp garlic powder, about 1/4 tsp onion powder, a few leaves of fresh basil (chopped) and a bit of oregano, too.  Add a cup or so of water to the mix.

Throw it all together and let there be soup!

For croutons, break up some bread (sour dough is good — gluten-free or regular) and saute in oil of some kind (I used Earth Balance Buttery Spread — soy-free and vegan); sprinkle with dried oregano, basil and garlic) — makes a great topping for the soup.

I also, topped with chives fresh from the garden.

Chive Jive


Blue and Green


What Can It Be?

Originally posted on robinbenjamin4:


I tripped upon an answer

on my way to finding truth

but I didn’t understand it

since I found it in my youth

Maybe now I’m ready

to absorb the words and ways

Could be truth will find me

as I clamber through my days

And then will I embrace it?

as I seem to think I would

or will I just be startled

Will I recognize the good?

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Rainy day

time to face the facts

Rainy day

brings me back to life

Rainy day

leads me to the path

Rainy day

on the way to sun

Youthful Aging


Age is a state of body and mind and soul.
The trifecta of life as we know it.

Originally posted on robinbenjamin4:

Why do we say, “Thank you,” when someone says we look young for our age?

Oh, excuse me, I’m so sorry.  I do apologize for looking my age.  My bad.  I should be better able to fend off pesky reality and appear to be 33 for all eternity.  If I had any gumption, or genuine aptitude, I could be less visibly aged.

Having said that,  I do love it when someone tells me I look young.  So, why is that?  Maybe because some of it is up to me.   If I make an effort to stand up straight and eat good food (a subject near and dear to my heart), and dance and sing and jump around even when I feel like slouching and announcing to anyone who is within earshot what a drag it is getting old, well then I can take some bit of pride in not looking…

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A Little Contest

Has anyone else been here?  Do you know where this is?

You can enter your guess in the comments.  What will you win?

Ummm…the satisfaction of being RIGHT!!!


May I

May I react in softer ways

To troubles that anoint my days


Stating the Obvious


Amidst all this rain,

I seem to be in a bit of a dry spell

It happens

and then everything becomes lush and lively

It will not always be any particular way

Even when we wish it would be

Even when we wish it wouldn’t be

Some thoughts on “eat-to-live” approach


Another blast from the past!

Originally posted on robinbenjamin4:

ImageUpdate on the “eat to live” diet:

My blood pressure is consistently low now — as it was in my twenties.  What is the cause?

Could be:
Hardly any dining out — maybe one time each week.  This eliminates an incredible amount of salt so it could be that.  Hardly any meat — maybe tuna or chicken once a week or so for one meal.   Hardly any gluten — bread twice a week or so?   No dairy — at all.  Yoga twice a week.  All of the above?

Anyway, I am so grateful for the opportunity to be healthier and feel better than I was and than I did.

Turns out there are metaphysical realities at play.  If you eat an inordinate amount of salt and sugar and fat, there are consequences.  And animal products can wreak a little havoc with the system. 

Eating meat has become so overdone it…

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